The Best of 2012

The top ten ShameThe MasterHoly MotorsGoodbye First LoveMartha Marcy May MarleneExcisionThe Tree Of LifeKiller JoeStarletYoung Adult Film Of The YearShame The first film I saw at the cinema in 2012, and, as the year closes, still the one that left the greatest impression. Michael Fassbender’s controlled performance as Brandon sears the screen, ably complimented by …

Review: Looper

Director: Rian Johnson Stars: Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Women in science fiction films tend to get short shrift. There are exceptions, obviously. The Alien series for instance is generous to its female inhabitants. But by and large it’s a genre that tends to be something of a boy’s playground, with any genuine layering …

Review: Berberian Sound Studio

Director: Peter Strickland Stars: Toby Jones, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Antonio Mancino If you’re a horror enthusiast or audiophile of any serious pedigree, then Berberian Sound Studio would appear, on paper, to be right up your alley. Did you used to sit at home listening to BBC sound effects records? Can you list every significant giallo production in chronological order? Would …

Review: Lawless

Director: John Hillcoat Stars: Guy Pearce, Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy Lawless is a bloody and violent film, one which whole-heartedly earns its 18 certificate. Set in rural Virginia circa 1931, it proposes to tell the true story of the Bondurant boys, siblings dedicated to the production and transportation of moonshine, attempting to grow rich off …

Review: Samsara

Director: Ron Fricke Samsara is the latest project from Ron Fricke, documentary photographer extraordinaire who, 20 years ago, wowed certain circles with Baraka, a visual feast of globe-trotting beauty. Samsara looks to repeat that film’s success and audacity, as we take a world tour of life, death and everything in between, and not a word …

Review: Ted

Director: Seth MacFarlane Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis I’m not a fan of Family Guy. It has its moments, sure, but overall it reminds me too often of the ADHD kid at the back of the classroom, desperately trying to get your attention and disrupting the lesson. It tries so damned hard to …